Curriculum Vitae


James L. Axtell                                                                                              Home Address:

Kenan Professor of Humanities                                                     109 Walnut Hills Drive

Department of History                                                                  Williamsburg, VA 23185     

College of William and Mary                                                                      (757) 229-3345     

Williamsburg, VA  23187-8795

(757) 221-3730; (fax) (757) 221-2111                                                        Born:  Dec. 20, 1941     

email:                                                                               Endicott, N.Y.


Education:  Yale University, B.A., 1963; Oxford International Summer School, 1962; Cambridge University (Trinity College), Ph.D., 1967; Harvard University, SSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, 1965-66


Fellowships:  Social Science Research Council, 1965-66; Morse Junior Faculty Research, Yale, 1969-70; American Council of Learned Societies, summer 1962, 1987; National Endowment for the Humanities, 1975-77, 1986, 1992; J.S. Guggenheim Memorial, 1981-82; Andrew F. Mellon Foundation Seminar in Theory and Practice, 1996-98; Princeton University Library, 1999; Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, invited fellow, 2004.


Teaching:  Yale University, Assistant Professor, 1966-72; Sarah Lawrence College, 1972-75; Northwestern University, Visiting Professor, 1977-78; College of William and Mary, Professor, 1978--, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities, 1986—


Awards and Honors (selected):  NEH Humanities Award for Teaching and Scholarship, William and Mary, 1984; Outstanding Faculty Award, Virginia State Council of Higher Education, 1988; Society of American Historians, 1988; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1992; Loyola-Mellon Humanities Award, Loyola University-Chicago, 1992; 58th Walter Lynwood Fleming Lecturer in Southern History, Louisiana State University, 1996; Massachusetts Historical Society, 1998; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2004.



The Educational Writings of John Locke: A Critical Edition (Cambridge University Press, 1968)         

  The School upon a Hill: Education and Society in Colonial New England (Yale University Press, 1974; paperback W.W. Norton, 1976)

Indian Missions: A Critical Bibliography (with James P. Ronda)(Indiana University Press-The Newberry Library, 1978)

The Indian Peoples of Eastern America: A Documentary History of the Sexes (Oxford University Press, 1981)

The European and the Indian: Essays in the Ethnohistory of Colonial North America (Oxford University Press, 1981)

The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America (Oxford University Press, 1985): History Book Club; Gilbert Chinard Prize, Society for French Historical Studies, 1985; Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society for Ethnohistory, 1986; Albert B. Corey Prize, American Historical Association-Canadian Historical Association, 1986

After Columbus: Essays in the Ethnohistory of Colonial North America (Oxford University Press, 1988)

        Beyond 1492: Encounters in Colonial North America (Oxford University Press, 1992)

The Indians’ New South: Cultural Change in the Colonial Southeast (Louisiana State University Press, 1997)

The Pleasures of Academe: A Celebration & Defense of Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 1998)

Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America (Oxford University Press, 2001 [2000])

The Making of Princeton University: Woodrow Wilson to the Present (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2005)

Also 5 edited books, 2 booklets, 62 articles, 6 essay reviews, 32 reviews, and a CD-ROM section


Professional Activities (selected):

        History of Education Quarterly, Editorial Board, 1970-73

        William and Mary Quarterly, Editorial Board, 1981-87

        Ethnohistory, Editorial Board, 1983-90

        AHA Columbus Quincentenary Committee, 1985-92; chairman, 1990-92

        American Society for Ethnohistory, President, 1988-89



        Going to College in America: A History








September 1, 2004